Phantom Stranger (New Earth)

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Mainstream Universe‎‎, 1950s-2011‎

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Real Name


Main Alias

Phantom Stranger

Other Aliases

Grey Walker


Justice League of America · Quintessence, Sentinels of Magic, Trenchcoat Brigade, Shadowpact, [ 1 ] · Justice Society International Spirit Squad · Formerly Lords of Order



Secret Identity

Marital Status



[ 1 ]

formerly Agent of Order









Black · Grey



Earth-One · New Earth


John Broome · Carmine Infantino

First Appearance
The Phantom Stranger #1
(August, 1952)
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The Phantom Stranger is a mysterious calculate in the history of the earth. His origins, nature, even his name, have never been revealed.


assorted stories about his origins exist, including :

  1. One tale postulated that the Stranger was a fallen angel who sided with neither Heaven nor Hell during Satan’s rebellion and thus condemned to walk the Earth alone for all time. This is also backed by The Word who said that the Phantom Stranger was a fallen one.[2]
  2. Another proposes the Stranger was originally a private citizen during biblical times and was spared God’s wrath. An angel was sent to deliver him from divine wrath. After questioning God’s actions, he commits suicide. The angel forbids his spirit from entering the afterlife, reanimates his body and condemns him to walk the world forever to be a part of humanity but also forever separated from it. He then discovered his divine charge, to turn humanity away from evil, one soul at a time.[2]
  3. In a variation of the Wandering Jew story, he was an adult family man named Isaac with a wife (Rebecca) and boy at the time when Jesus Christ was a small child. When King Herod sent his army to kill all small male children (in an effort to slay Jesus) the army slew his son and wife. Blind with anger, he spent the next 30 years in a rage against Jesus. As Jesus was being tortured, Isaac bribed a guard to assume his role in whipping Jesus. Jesus then sentenced him to walk away from his home and country; to be errant until Doomsday. Eventually, his misplaced rage expunged, he spent the rest of his time helping society, even declining God’s offer to release him from his sentence.[2]
  4. The last was a proposal that the Stranger is a remnant of the previous universe. At the end of the universe the Phantom Stranger approaches a group of scientists studying the event, warning them not to interfere in the natural conclusion of the universe. The story concludes with the Phantom Stranger passing a portion of himself to a scientist, the universe is reborn, and the scientist from the previous universe is the Phantom Stranger in the new universe.[2]

Enemies and Allies

early in his career, the Phantom Stranger would expose supernatural events as hoaxes, saving many victims in the process. [ 3 ] This drew the attention of touch surf Dr. Thirteen, who became determined to prove The Stranger was merely a con artist. [ 4 ] [ 5 ] Due to Thirteen ‘s perseverance, Phantom Stranger was forced to work aboard him on more than one occasion to solve mysteries and uncover hoaxes. [ 6 ] [ 7 ] [ 8 ] however, when the evil demoness Tala was unleashed on Earth, the Phantom Stranger had to make use of his mystic powers for the first prison term to contain Tala and counter her evil spells. [ 9 ] After their first brush, Stranger confronted Tala on other occasions and he thwarted her evil plans, [ 10 ] [ 11 ] [ 12 ] although her genuine intentions were confusing at times as she would much assist the Phantom Stranger. [ 13 ] finally, Stranger and Thirteen came in battle against the deity alchemist called Tannarak and Stranger had to face this new foe on more than one occasion. [ 14 ] [ 15 ] Having deal with most of his supernatural enemies and without Thirteen to meddle in his activities, Phantom Stranger continued his activities as an agent of the nameless [ 16 ] while besides assisting other heroes like Batman. [ 17 ] Upon Tannarak ‘s return, Phantom Stranger lost most of his powers and required the aid of Cassandra Craft in regulate to defeat Tannarak and recover his powers. [ 18 ] Once his powers were restored, Phantom Stranger resumed his character as a cryptic impel against evil men. [ 19 ] What the Phantom did n’t knew, was that most of the evil men he defeated, were members of the sinful organization called the Dark Circle. They captured Cassandra and used her to lure the Phantom into a deadly trap, but once again, the Phantom Stranger proved to be superior. After this victory, the Phantom decided to stay near to Cassandra as to protect her and fight evil together, [ 20 ] and soon, they were joined by their erstwhile rival, Tannarak. [ 21 ] however, their alliance did n’t concluding long as Tannarak obviously perished during the conflict that defeated the Dark Circle and afterwards, the Phantom Stranger tricked Cassandra into thinking he besides died, so that he could continue his hermit quest [ 22 ] in which he resumed his adventures as a cryptic care to people in need [ 23 ] and besides confronted unlike kinds of evil. [ 24 ] In one of these adventures, he came across Dr. Thirteen once again and the foreign entity known as the Spawn of Frankenstein. [ 25 ]

The Stranger soon confronted the evil Dr. Seine [ 26 ] [ 27 ] and stopped him for good with the asssistance of Deadman. [ 28 ] After this, The Phantom Stranger was reunited with Cassandra Craft, at long stopping point. [ 29 ]

far Adventures

The Phantom Stranger played a major part in guiding Tim Hunter through clock time to show him the history and nature of magic. [ 30 ] He has assisted the Justice League on numerous occasions, even being formally elected to the group. [ 31 ] The Stranger besides tried to foil Eclipso ‘s design to cause a nuclear war. He besides attempted to prevent Hal Jordan from uniting the resurrected body of Oliver Queen with his soul in Heaven. This earned him Jordan ‘s wrath ; indeed, the Spectre threatened to judge the stranger to see whether God had “ punished ” him properly by refusing him access to Heaven itself. however, the Phantom Stranger has assisted Hal Jordan during his tenure as the Spectre on numerous occasions as well, most notably in a inadequate stint babysitting Hal ‘s niece, Helen. During the Day of Vengeance, the Stranger had been turned into a small rodent by the Spectre. He was still able to advise Detective Chimp, who sheltered him in his hat while he recovered his powers. He changed back using cured energies and aided the Shadowpact, allowing them to see the conflict between the Spectre and Shazam. [ 32 ] That makes a steer that the supernatural community generally regards the Phantom Stranger as invincible. The first reaction of some people to the Spectre ‘s rape on magic is just to presume that the Stranger will take care of it. early adventures have shown the Stranger about ampere potent as the Spectre. This however, is a late interpretation. While others have never considered the Stranger as an easy foe to fight, given his stranger abilities, they besides never considered him as invincible. The Phantom Stranger ‘s relationships with the other mysterious heroes are normally a bit tense. The Stranger has no qualms gathering assorted forces in orderliness to combat a certain evil ( the Sentinels of Magic, but besides early loose outfits ), often invading those people ‘s personal lives. however, he does not normally extend them that same courtesy. The Phantom Stranger has resisted such people as Doctor Fate ( notably Hector Hall ) in this, although Fate is in about any incarnation an ally of the Stranger. Despite this, he does get along well with Zatanna ; he appeared by her side to help remove the influence of Faust on Red Tornado. [ 33 ] Since he is ultimately an unpredictable military unit, others much meet the Phantom Stranger ‘s appearance with misgiving. however, most heroes will follow him, seeing not only his huge might, but besides knowing that the Stranger is in the end, a pull for good. luminary though is Madame Xanadu, who has refused to join the Stranger on a few occasions, although she is a member of his Sentinels of Magic. The Stranger besides holds a unique relationship with the Spectre, as the two forces frequently come into conflict. He was responsible for gathering a group of mystic heroes in order to combat the Spectre, when its homo host Jim Corrigan apparently lost operate of the Spectre. ( It was during this fourth dimension that they destroyed the nation of Vlatava. ) The Phantom Stranger participated in Jim Corrigan ‘s funeral, when Corrigan ‘s person ultimately earned its pillow and left the Spectre. The Stranger subsequently became one of the forces that stood against the Spectre when it went on a rampage without its human host, until the soul of Hal Jordan bonded with it. The Stranger occasionally took on an advisory character for this new Spectre. Aware that the Spectre now has so far another new host, the Phantom Stranger gathered a large group of charming wielders and mystics, including Nabu, Zatanna, and the Shadowpact, in an unsuccessful try to solicit the Spectre ‘s aid in the Infinite Crisis and subsequently reforming the Rock of Eternity. [ 34 ] [ 35 ]



  • Hand-to-Hand Combat (Basic): He is a moderately skilled hand-to-hand combatant, often surprising with a punch someone who smugly thought their protection against magic rendered them untouchable.
  • Storytelling: The Stranger always comes onto a new adventure as a story. He thrives in it and even acts in it, manipulating the events how he sees fit. When an event seemed to be supernatural in nature he depicted it to be normal and vise versa.
  • Occultism: He displays vast and keen insight into cosmic, magical, and mystical forces.


  • Non-Direct Interaction: The Stranger’s most important weakness, if that is what it is, is the sharp limitation on his acting directly and overtly. Threats which he would presumably have the raw power to directly defeat he must instead warn others about, especially if those others have some particular responsibility at stake. Even his information he apparently cannot provide clearly and explicitly; in many cases his warnings or clues are cryptic. It might be, for example, that he is forbidden from removing the responsibility from humanity’s shoulders; he definitely believes in free will, and the availability of a balance of choices to humans.
  • Vulnerability to Magic: The Stranger is not physically invulnerable. Especially when he is heavily outnumbered, such as when his magical abilities are already in use, or when he is taken by surprise, he can be injured or knocked out. He can be imprisoned by magical means[18]; and his innate magical energies can be siphoned away. His physical form can be destroyed and he can die in at least some circumstances. He has often thought that a particular combination of threats might destroy him, particularly those which combined magical imprisonment with physical attacks or magical drains.
  • Talkative: A weakness of a different sort is his oft-noticed tendency to speak too much; but this may be related to his need to make those around him understand the consequences of their choices and the fact that they face choices. He must not act in their place, so he must make them understand what their actions mean.


  • Magic Medallion: The Stranger wears an amulet around his neck but its magical properties—if any—have never been revealed. The Prime Earth equivalent wears 30 pieces of silver around his neck.

  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC’s Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character’s Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
  • The character of the Phantom Stranger debuted in 1952, four years before Flash (Barry Allen) ushered in the Silver Age of comics. Although this would tend to place him on Earth-Two, he has always been considered an Earth-One (and later, New Earth) character.
  • The Spectre transforms the Stranger into a rodent, rather than killing him outright, because even the Spectre’s power would be insufficient to kill the Stranger.
  • In Blackest Night #2, when the Spectre was defeated by a Black Power Ring, Black Hand could not comprehend the Stranger’s true nature. Given that Black Hand is connected to Nekron (Lord of the Dead), and can sense whether or not something is alive or a reborn being (i.e. someone who died and was brought back) or an immortal, the fact is that the only description Black Hand can give the Stranger is “stranger than that”.
  • Another possible origin of the Stranger was hinted at in The Kingdom, in which it was implied that Jonathan Kent, the future son of Superman and Wonder Woman, might grow up to be the Phantom Stranger. This also tied some of his abilities into the Hypertime concept, saying that he had the innate ability to enter other alternate timelines and to exist in the spaces between them. However, the adventure ultimately revealed this to be a red herring. The person in question had been deliberately placed in shadows to suggest that he was the Stranger; but when Wonder Woman finally saw his face, she said that she now realized he was not the Stranger.
  • The Stranger has some unique abilities, like the ability to understand and decipher the events of DC Challenge, as well as the ability to break the fourth wall and address the reader directly.
  • The Phantom Stranger is also known as the Brotherless One.
  • The Phantom Stranger is likely based on The Mysterious Stranger, an unfinished novella written by Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, between 1897 and 1908. As with some versions of DC’s Stranger, Twain’s Stranger is implied to be an exiled angel, possibly Satan himself.


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